Recently, Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks Coffee, spoke to shareholders about a large dip in their sales since the company came out as supporters of gay marriage.
Then he said, “If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38% you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares in Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much.”
Now, yes, he was basically saying, “We’re doing what we think is right and if you don’t like it, you are free to leave.”
Here is NOT what he was saying:
“If you support traditional marriage, we don’t want your business.”
Unfortunately, this is how many Christians are taking it. And now, we’ve got a new boycott on our hands.
Can I just take a moment to shake my head and sigh? I’ll be right back.
I never knew how hard it was to bake cookies. I went to Walmart and bought some peanut butter cup cookies and baked them for 19 minutes, like it said to on the package. Took them out and, burnt.
So, since I really wanted some cookies, I hopped in my car and drove all the way back to Walmart and grabbed a package of Pecan Praline cookies and took those home. This time, I only cooked them for 13 minutes, which was 6 minutes less than what the package said. I took them out and, burnt.
So, since I still really wanted some cookies, I shed a tear and hopped back into my car for the journey back to Walmart which seemed to take hours this time. I bought the same kind of cookies and went home. This time, I cooked them for nine minutes. I took them out and they were semi-burnt, but edible. Yet the middle was all gooey and not cooked enough.
What on earth is happening? Continue Reading
A few years ago, a small pizza chain opened up a location in my hometown. The chain’s name is Snappy Tomato Pizza and their claim to fame is “The Beast,” a giant 24-piece pizza that is the equivalent of about 3 large deep dish pizzas!
It’s listed to feed about 12 people and it costs about $25 for one topping.
But the claim to fame of their claim to fame is their “Beast Challenge!” Two people have 30 minutes to eat an entire Beast pizza with four toppings. And when I found out about this challenge, I had been on a steady TV diet of Man V. Food, a show that follows a man (Adam Richman) who goes around America taking on food challenges just like this.
I convinced a cop buddy of mine to take it on with me. I was a big guy, he was a cop, how on earth could we lose an eating challenge?! And if you won, not only was the pizza free, but you got a t-shirt and a photo on the wall declaring your victory forever!
However, only one team in my hometown had defeated the challenge so far. So, that was kind of intimidating. But we were determined.
Here is what happened and what I learned from this experience:
The four toppings we picked were pepperoni, Canadian bacon, red onions, and black olives. We were both kinda picky on toppings and these were the only four we could really agree on. But, we assumed it would be easy. Continue Reading
Our first episode of “Black & White,” about an “internal” struggle with sin:
I’m fat. Not gonna beat around the bush. I’m a flippin’ tub. And, like most tubs, I’ve tried several thousand times to lose weight. And each and every time, I’ve given up. Even in the last few months, I’ve started and given up about 3 or 4 times to really get this diet train rollin’.
But I think I’m finally on to something. I took a deep, emotional journey. I opened up and started being honest with myself. When I see other people who are thin and attractive, even though that’s who I want to be, my main emotional reactions are of jealousy, resentment, even anger.
And honestly, when you think about it, why would my sub-conscience even allow me to become something that I resent? I’ve got to change my mentality.
I’ve also got to stop dieting. What I need to do is actually develop a real relationship with food. No more cheap floozies (fast food), but instead, enjoying every moment I have with food.
And beyond that, I need to add more exercise, but exercise I will actually do. Little things add up, like parking further away at stores and stuff like that. That’s where I’ve started. Continue Reading